New Rehabilitation Bike for Patients in Forest Ward!
We are thrilled to let you know that we have hit our fundraising target for the Rehabilitation Bike Appeal!
Thank you to everyone who kindly supported this Appeal. We are especially grateful to TE Connectivity and Moose International Swindon Ladies Circle for their generous donations.
This brilliant equipment is now available to patients cared for in the Forest Ward at our Swindon Intermediate Care Centre (SwiCC). Forest Ward is the rehabilitation unit for the hospital receiving patients recovering from fractured thigh bones, strokes and other neurological conditions.
The bike has been enthusiastically received both by patients and staff. It is easy to set up and really portable so can be easily moved to a patient at their own bed space.
“The bike has made my recovery a lot quicker as it shows how much effort the legs are putting and I could work harder to get my weaker leg working harder than my stronger leg. It’s a great new focus as you can note down final activity and aim to exceed that the next time. I think after just a few times on the bike I started to learn to walk again!”
“I would like to say that the new bike, is a must for my recovery. I find it so easy to manage, I use it as much as I possibly can, and I feel it is a great asset to the ward, and long may it continue.” (Patient, taking part in the trial of the new Thera Tigo 510 Training Bike)
Your support means that the Therapy team can now provide more therapy to a larger number of patients to aid their recover. In the course of a year we estimate that the bike would be used 1,000 times!
Thank you so much for enabling us to enhance the care we offer to our patients!
“The bike has made a huge difference to the engagement of our patients to the rehab ethos of the ward. We are using it daily to build up and maintain patients’ strength to aid their recovery. National guidance for our stroke patients is that they receive a minimum of 45 minutes of each therapy daily. The bike has been able to supplement this therapy without detracting from their direct therapy contact time.” (Alex Christiansen, Physiotherapist Team Lead)